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12 August 2014

Electronic identity documents (e-IDs) in the form of contactless smart cards will in future be more than just proof of identity. They could additionally serve as multi-functional cards that can be used in many other areas of everyday life: for instance, as a public transport ticket, as company ID or as a library card. This is indeed consumer-friendly, but will expose the smart cards to greater pressure than before. In order to adequately address new use scenarios already during the design phase of the smart cards and in order to enable better testing and assessment conditions, Bundesdruckerei, Infineon  and the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM have joined forces as partners in the two-year SeManTiK project ("Secure and long-life e-ID applications for human/machine interaction"). The partnership has resulted in realistic test methods and simulation models and explored new methods of integrating the chip into the card body. More than 35,000 cards were packaged, tested, analysed and evaluated in 20 different test combinations. The new test sequences developed in the project made it possible to obtain extraordinarily reliable and precise confirmation of failure rates and patterns which have been observed in international smart card projects with more than 50 million cards in day-to-day use. "In future, our research results from SeManTiK will thus become part of the work of the international standardisation bodies of the smart card industry and demonstrate Bundesdruckerei's innovation leadership," says Joachim Kloeser, Chief Project Manager and Co-ordinator at Bundesdruckerei. Thanks to SeManTiK, card manufacturers can simulate the life of the documents better than before and adjust the design as required. "If contactless e-IDs are to be used several times a day in future, they must withstand significantly greater stress than before," says Peter Stampka, Initiator and Project Manager at Infineon in Regensburg. "The results from SeManTiK will help to improve the mechanical strength of contactless e-IDs and are therefore also an important step towards achieving parity between the optical and electronic security of ID documents."

12 August 2014

TSYS announced its Enterprise Tokenisation solution to secure payment card information for purchases made online, through mobile devices and "digital wallet" applications. The solution is a key component of the company's Connected Mobility agenda which includes API interfaces and consumer-facing applications to support payments, communications and commerce. "TSYS is at the forefront of this digital revolution in commerce," said Paul Bridgewater, Group Executive of Global Product, TSYS. "Retailers and consumers alike want to conduct transactions and protect personal data with confidence and security. By putting people at the center of payments, our solution delivers on this promise." Tokenisation provides a secure way for merchants, e-Commerce sites and operators of mobile wallets to store sensitive payment card data on their networks. Businesses can also use tokenisation to facilitate on-demand, subscription or recurring transactions, and tokens decrease shopping cart abandonment rates. With payment tokenisation, consumers can register a payment card with a mobile wallet or online store that replaces the actual card number with a payment token used for that merchant or wallet vendor. TSYS Enterprise Tokenisation aligns with  specifications and best practice documents from various industry bodies, as well as applicable MasterCard, Visa and AmEx mandates for securing and processing payments using tokens initiated via consumer-controlled devices (such as mobile devices and personal computers).

12 August 2014

UL announces that its security laboratory in Guangzhou and its local commercial and technical organisation are steadily growing to help facilitate global market access for Chinese terminal, handset and smart card vendors. In recent time, it has proven to be challenging for Chinese vendors to gain market access beyond China. UL’s inaugural transaction security facility in China, which has been operational since 2013 is an exact operation template of their other facilities around the world. UL will assist Chinese vendors with their certification process to aid their international business expansion plans. Jean-Luc Khaou, MD Asia Pacific at UL’s transaction security division stated, “We are confident that our security experts and advisors will be invaluable to Chinese vendors aspiring to access new markets with their payment and mobile products. Our experts are UL trained and have a comprehensive understanding of security, industry compliance and global interoperability requirements that includes EMVC, PCI, FIPS, Common Criteria and local schemes. Our footprint across Greater China will allow our experts to be in close proximity with the local vendors, which helps with closer communication and alignment. Our team aims to identify potential design gaps in order to help our clients improve their overall product design to achieve world-class standards.”

12 August 2014

MasterCard and First Data announced a strategic alliance to provide a unified solution for First Data’s FirstVision platform powered by VisionPLUS with the introduction of MasterCard inControl for banking clients and customers in Asia Pacific. MasterCard inControl is an innovative and secure payment platform that empowers corporates and consumers to set spending limits on their accounts and manage how, when and where they use their card online. The strategic alliance between First Data and MasterCard will support e-Commerce spending by giving card holders greater control and providing reassurance with enhanced security features. Raj Dhamodharan, Group Head for Emerging Payments at MasterCard for Asia Pacific, said that MasterCard is committed to driving innovation and development of new technologies that bring greater convenience, confidence, and ease to merchants and consumers. “Our partnership with First Data is a strategic initiative that gives their clients access to an innovative payments solution. We strongly believe that the inControl platform will not only provide more secure transactions for consumers, but will also help them manage their spending and budgeting more effectively,” said Raj. Marc Mathenz, SVP and Head of First Data’s Asia Pacific region said that First Data was pleased to introduce these customer benefits for the first time in Asia Pacific. “First Data is a leading solution provider of payment technology and services to financial institutions in Asia Pacific, and MasterCard’s inControl solution will help our financial institution clients provide greater choice to their customers. For banks, this solution will support new account growth, increase card usage, protect against e-Commerce fraud and help build deeper customer relationships,”  said Marc.

11 August 2014

EMVCo has approved FIME's Japanese laboratory to its EMVCo Contactless Communication Protocol Specification, covering both analogue and digital testing requirements. This accreditation means FIME Japan can support chip card and mobile device manufacturers with type approval testing of their products to the requirements defined by EMVCo. "Following the launch of our Japanese operation in December 2013, EMVCo accreditations have been a high priority as they are central to the payment ecosystem," comments Alex Chen, Sales Director at FIME Asia. "We have been able to leverage FIME's global expertise and knowledge of quality systems in order to achieve this accreditation quickly and effectively.” Commenting on the marketplace, Alex added, "The contactless payments ecosystem is evolving rapidly in Japan and this accreditation enables us to support our rapidly growing customer base throughout the development lifecycle of NFC devices and EMV payment chip cards. We partner with our customers to develop payment technology innovations by combining real-world implementation challenges with future technical ambitions. In addition to our status as an EMVCo laboratory, FIME has also achieved accredited laboratory status and test tool qualification from various industry bodies including GlobalPlatform, Isis, Orange, NFC Forum and others. As contactless payments continue to gain traction, FIME recognises the stability and trust these vital compliance schemes bring to the industry.”

11 August 2014

Weighing in at 100g, Borer’s FUSION Smartcard Reader is a complete access control solution providing full online and offline card validation with decision making capabilities at the point of entry. This removes the need for a separate control panel, wall box and additional mains power at every door facilitating speedy, cost-effective installation. The elimination of unnecessary equipment together with a low energy profile delivers a “Cleaner, Leaner and Greener” solution, reducing lifetime cost of ownership. The intelligent smart card reader’s secure internal database holds a massive 120,000 card holders/transactions at the reader enabling decisions to be made at the reader. All data held on the database is securely encrypted to prevent manipulation or misuse. One key feature is that firmware updates can be automatically downloaded to the reader over the LAN network, enabling new generations of smart cards to be supported when the technologies are introduced. The FUSION Smartcard Reader support for open standard (ISO 14443A and B - MIFARE and DESFire, ISO 15693) technologies where a single card can be used for a range of applications including: banking, travel card, cashless vending, access control and attendance recording.

11 August 2014

Trüb has won another contract to supply a new generation of chips for the Swiss Maestro and V PAY cards. The CombOS chip card OS from Trüb is one of two operating systems which will provide the basis for the new EMVI'16 generation of chips from 2016. Every four to five years SIX Payment Services develops a new chip specification on behalf of the Swiss debit card issuers. In each case, as part of a formal tender process, an assessment is conducted of two chip card providers who develop and supply the new chip generation independently from each other. For the production years 2016 to 2020 the two suppliers will each provide a contact-based and a dual-interface (contact and contactless) EMVI'16-chip. The contact-based CombOS EMVI'16 chip from Trüb is based on the payment specification Common Payment Application (CPA) which can be accepted by both MasterCard and Visa for payment cards. The CombOS dual interface version of EMVI’16 also supports the contactless specifications PayPass (MasterCard) and VCPS (VISA). The combined implementation of CPA, PayPass and VCPS on the same chip is a world’s first in the market.

07 August 2014

NXP has been a partner of the famous Vierdaagsefeesten (Four-Day Festivities) in Nijmegen, the Netherlands for many years, but this year a new dimension was added to the partnership. With the introduction of a card that allowed visitors to make contactless payment at the Valkhof Festival – one of the party venues during the Vierdaagsefeesten. At the event, which took place in the city centre of Nijmegen in July, attendees were able to make use of the special card fitted with an NXP MiFare DESFire chip. By introducing the card, the 44 year old event was propelled into the future, catching onto the new payments trend. All bars and restaurants involved in the Valkhof Festival switched from the traditional tokens that visitors previously used to pay for their food and drinks, to a chip card enabling cashless payments.

07 August 2014

Edenred is teaming up with AmEx to offer a unique joint fuel card solution for Mexico. AmEx will now offer its clients a solution combining the specific features of the Ticket Car fuel card and its financing and credit facilities. This offer will bring companies the advanced functionalities of Ticket Car, including the country's largest private service station network, advanced monitoring of business expenses, and the ability to deduct fuel expenses and recover VAT with a single statement including all their spending. This joint solution will also answer the credit needs of companies, especially in the small and mid-sized segment. "We are pleased that AmEx chose Edenred as a preferred fuel card partner in Mexico. This alliance will strengthen our value proposition and allow us to increase the penetration among small and mid-sized companies," declared Diego Frutos, MD Director of Edenred Mexico. With this move, Edenred is pursuing its strategy of developing expense management solutions, which are targeted to account for over 20% of consolidated issue volume in 2016.

07 August 2014

Bindo announced the launch of a mobile EMV credit card reader for its cloud-based iPad point-of-sale (POS) system. This comes in light of the US government’s recent warnings about POS malware and advice from the Department of Homeland Security on implementing EMV-enabled PIN entry devices that have Secure Reading and Exchange of Data (SRED) capabilities. Bindo’s newly developed EMV reader has full end-to-end encryption with its iPad POS system and is both EMV Level 1 and Level 2 certified in the US. It slots comfortably into the audio jack of an iPhone or an iPad, and allows mobile credit card payment acceptance. Bindo’s system encrypts and tokenises card holder data at the point of capture and its Tamper-Safe security module (TSSM) helps prevent third party brute force attacks. The card reader will continue to support dual and triple track card reading. Others in the industry have announced EMV chip readers. Unlike competitors, however, Bindo’s mobile card reader will be able to process both chip-and-signature cards and chip-and-pin cards, enabling EMV debit card transactions, reducing the need for merchants to carry multiple terminals. “Security is a top priority at Bindo,” says Brad Lauster, Co-founder of Bindo. “It’s the foundation upon which we create our best-in-class user experience. Features mean nothing without a trustworthy base, so every transaction made through Bindo is encrypted. Furthermore, we maintain 100% compliance with PCI Data Security Standards.”